Solar-powered kiosk launched in Accra

(inset)the solar kioskA two-kilowatt solar-powered kiosk aimed at providing alternative source of power supply for residents and the business community was launched in Accra yesterday.

The locally manufactured kiosk, which serves as an outlet for renewable energy products, services and solutions as well as promote made- in- Ghana products is expected to be placed at rural and peri-urban areas in the country.

Inaugurating the project, the Chief Executive Officer of Solarkiosk AG, Mr. Andreas Spiess, said the purpose of the project was to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in off-grid areas as well as empower people to access clean energy.

“Considering the growing need for energy for private households and use of mobile phones and internet, the solarkiosk technology is significant to improve quality of life for the rural population”, he stated.

Mr. Spiess observed that there was the need for Ghana to adopt an “off-grid” power solution to boost local productivity saying, “the challenges in the economy is due to lack of local productivity and this is largely due to unreliable source of energy”.

He said “It is economically feasible to promote the local manufacturing industry, to reduce the high import rates by investing into solar energy, and urged government to partner the private sector to address challenges in the country’s energy sector.

Ms. Patricia Safo, the Managing Director of JCS Investments and Solarkiosk Ghana disclosed that the company had pioneered solar- powered technology designs in communities in the Volta, Eastern, Central and Greater Accra regions.

According to her, such kiosks had provided sustainable energy supply to small and medium enterprises in the communities thereby increasing employment and efficiency.

“This locally manufactured kiosk which was undertaken after a feasibility study has the capacity to produce energy, use some and sell  off the excess and it contains shelves to promote goods produced on the local market”, Ms Safo said.

The vice president of the Energy Sector of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Mr. Kobina Nyanteh, said “The government must work with the private sector through a public private partnership to create a renewable energy fund for the implementation of a financial model for payment of energy from renewable sources.”

By Abigail Annoh and Dinah Twumasi  





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